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Welcome

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ello everyone and welcome to the September - October 2012 edition of the Bicester South magazine.

As we head out of the holiday season I hope that you are all returning from your summer break fully recuperated and what a summer break it has been, even if we have spent most of the time in front of the TV! The Olympic coverage that we have witnessed has been superb and congratulations to all our Olympians! An outstanding 65 medals, and 29 of them GOLD. Be proud Team GB! In this issue we have included an update of the redevelopment of the town centre in the centre pages. We would love to hear your thoughts and welcome your

comments. E-mail them to ben@ focusmagazinegroup.co.uk. As the schools return from summer holidays, and we look forward to half term and Halloween, do take the opportunity to have a go at our Halloween Spook the Difference on page 26. Gosh, will we really be carving pumpkins so soon and off out trick or treating. As always, thank you to everyone for the tremendous response to our Sudoku competition. We do also have another one this time for you over on page 20. Denis Restaurant have kindly donated a meal for one as the prize! I look forward to hearing from you once again.

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Focus Bicester South magazine is distributed FREE to households in the Bicester South area Copy deadline for our next issue is 8th October We gratefully acknowledge the support of businesses whose adverts appear in Focus Bicester South, whilst every care is taken to ensure accuracy, the publishers cannot accept responsibility for loss, damage or omission caused by error in the printing of an advert. All artwork is accepted on strict condition that permission has been given for use in the publication. Adverts are accepted on the understanding that the descriptions of goods and services are fair and accurate. Any reproduction of any material is forbidden without the written consent of the publishers. The publishers cannot accept responsibility for views expressed by contributors, or for the accuracy of claims made by the advertisers.

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Contents & Handy Numbers

Contents

September - October 2012 Issue Number 4 03 05 09 11 13 16 18 20 26 28 30

Welcome Entertainment & Leisure Health, Beauty & Fitness Services Homes Town Centre Redevelopment Homes Sudoku Spot the Difference Gardens Motors

Fancy learning to fly a plane?

ADVICE

Citizens Advice Bureau Christians against Poverty Debt Counselling Charity

COUNCILS

Oxfordshire County Council Cherwell District Council Bicester District Council Bicester Town Council Launton Parish Council

EMERGENCY SERVICES

Check out our story about Hinton Flying School. See page 8

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Town centre development takes shape We take a look at Bicester's new retail and entertainment development, page 10

Follow us on Twitter @FocusMagazines Find us on Facebook: FocusMagazineGroup

Police Youth Offending Team Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Dept

EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

Adult Learning & Career Guidance Job Centre

HEALTH - HOSPITALS

Blood Donors National Call Centre Access Dental Centre Bicester Health Centre Bicester Health Centre Appts Victoria House Surgery North Bicester Surgery Montgomery House Surgery Montgomery House Surgery Appts Bicester Community Bicester Community Minor Injury Out of Hours John Radcliffe A&E

TRANSPORT

National Rail Stagecoach Oxford Heyfordian Travel Charlton

UTILITIES EMERGENCY Electricity Gas Water

GENERAL

Bicester Registry Office Bicester Library

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Entertainment & Leisure

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The move heralded to be the biggest shake up of Botox regulations in recent years has left many a beauty salon and clinic wondering just how big an impact the changes will have on their business. In the past, salon and clinic nurses could call a doctor to remotely prescribe Botox over the phone or internet but the new regulations ban this practice. Patients must first see a doctor or an independent nurse prescriber face-to-face before a prescription is issued and subsequent treatment can commence.

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Entertainment & Leisure

Want to learn to fly with Hinton Pilot Flight Training?

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ave you ever wanted to have an opportunity to fly a light aircraft or maybe take it a bit further and achieve a Private Pilots Licence (JAR PPL) then read on and see if my experience gives you an appetite to try it for yourself? Perhaps the best weather of the year, hot, clear a just a slight breeze and not a cloud just blue sky. What better way was there than to enjoy an hour’s flying lesson, close to home, easy to find, park and with such great facilities.

fun and no sooner departed, we arrive back at the airfield, “You have control Moosab over to you”, I don’t think I’m ready for landing just now after. A quick check, no other aircraft or parachutists then a gently landing back on terra firma.

My one hour lesson was booked at 9.00am and promptly Moosab, my instructor informed me of the programme, “firstly the class room” and for approximately 25/30 minutes we will run through some basics regarding the plane and how indeed a plane flies.

Imagine the thrill of actually being at the controls of the very aircraft you are flying in. Not only are you responsible for where, how fast and how you get to your destination, but you also have a fantastic view thrown into the bargain. Flying a light aircraft is not as difficult as it seems – why not give it a go now!

During the theory lesson which was very informative I grasped a basic understanding of how an aircraft flflies ies and is steered. This was demonstrated by way of a small model showing the three axes (pitch, roll, and yaw), because the fifirst rst lesson is all about basic steering whilst flflying. ying. We also worked our way over the instrument panel, being shown how the gauges would be used along with climbing and descending and most importantly understanding that my only true reference was the horizon.

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As we walked to the aircraft Moosab asked “So where would you like to fly too?” Next was preflight checks and inspection, then into the friendly cosy cockpit, seat belts, instrument checks, fire up the engine, on with the headsets, and as Moosab took control we moved to our holding point short of the runway. All clear for takeoff, up with the throttle and away we go, less than 20 seconds later the ground shrinks away. After a short climb to 2000 feet the horizon levels off and the most fabulous view appears, so clear, the best day to fly and before I know it "you have control" and here I am flying over Brackley, Towcester, Silverstone and Banbury just flying this plane, straight, level, pitching and Yawing what a fabulous experience.

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Health, Beauty & Fitness

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uniper House is a beautiful purpose-built nursing and residential home set on the outskirts of Brackley town. Finished and furnished to an extremely high standard, offering a homely, yet first-class, environment with spacious ensuite rooms, elegant living areas, individual dining rooms and beautiful landscaped gardens. Of the residents already living at Juniper House, many have shared with us their fascinating lives prior to moving here and how their quality of life has been enhanced, in particular, allowing couples to live together.

Mr and Mrs Harrison are two residents who are already enjoying their new life at Juniper. Dorothy was a nurse in the war and Norman was a scientist for the National Coal Board. They have enjoyed a long and happy marriage together and have three children. They have never been apart and both share many happy memories together particularly Norman complimenting Dorothy on being an excellent house wife and party host!

Unfortunately when Dorothy became ill and Norman could no longer care for her he had to make the heart-wrenching decision to place his wife into residential care. Norman struggled to find a home suitable in Brackley, the area that had become so familiar to them both having lived here for their married life and he had to settle with the struggle of his wife living elsewhere and him being unable to visit daily â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a situation which distressed them both considerably. When Juniper opened this year Norman was delighted to be able to be reunited with his wife and they now both live at Juniper, sharing those happy memories once again and enjoying life together. Our dedicated and experienced team is passionate about providing quality care and specialist 24hour nursing that affords the best possible alternative for those who are no longer able to manage at home. We empower our residents to regain independence, choice and freedom in their lives in a safe and comfortable setting.

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Services

Good news at last for first time home buyers

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n March the government announced a NewBuy Guarantee Scheme that is designed to help a new generation of home buyers.

The NewBuy Guarantee brings lenders, builders, and the government together to offer mortgages of up to 95% of the purchase price, meaning that buyers only need to have savings of 5%, which is much lower than the 20% that is typically required. For example, and using these percentages, a person buying a property for £200,000.00 would only need to find a deposit of £10,000, rather than £40,000.

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Homes The new scheme is only available if you are buying a brand new property, and is supported by nationwide builders that cover 85% of the market, such as Barratt, Taylor Wimpey, Bovis, Persimmon.

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It is available to anybody wanting to buy a brand new property not just first first time buyers. However it can only be used to buy a house that you will be living in – it cannot be used to buy an investment property.

Let Extra Help give you a helping hand around the home! If you’re struggling to keep on top of the household cleaning, help is at hand. We offer a friendly, flexible and fully insured service to suit your specific needs, whether you require a regular cleaner or a one-off blitz just to help you get back on top of things.

Many well known lenders such as Barclays Bank Plc, Santander and Nationwide Building Society are offering these 95% loan-to-value mortgages, but only on properties being built by the participating builders. If you are interested in the scheme it will be worth checking with the builder which lenders are supporting that particular builder in the scheme.

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Town Centre Redevelopment

Town centre redevelopment takes shape

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he transformation of Bicester town centre has reached a major milestone with the completion of the steel structure for Bicester’s new retail and leisure development.

Work to construct the new steel frame for the town centre redevelopment started after Easter and has been fully completed in less than four months. In total, nearly 2,000 tonnes of steel have been used to construct the frame of the town centre redevelopment. The steel frame forms the skeleton of the new Sainsbury’s supermarket, seven-screen cinema and six new retail units. It will also support the full weight of the town centre multi-storey car park, which will provide over 500 town centre parking spaces. The next stage of construction has already started and will see the installation of new cladding and glazing to form the outer shell of the redevelopment, laying of concrete floors and

construction of the new access ramps to the multi-storey car park. This work is expected to be completed over the Winter, with internal fit out works to start at the same time for the redevelopment to open in Summer 2013. It is estimated that the construction will use approximately 85,000 bricks and a total of 2,800 sqm of glazing (equivalent to the size of two Olympic size swimming pools).

Revamp for Crown Walk Works have also begun on a link between Crown Walk and the new shopping parade on Bure Place. The redevelopment includes the creation of a new shopping street with 14 purpose built new shop units. The new shopping parade will link Wesley Lane, Evans Yard, Crown Walk and Market Square with new public spaces outside the Sainsbury’s entrance (opposite Evans Yard) and at Wesley Lane. A programme of refurbishments to Crown Walk will then follow, which will give Crown Walk 16

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Town Centre Redevelopment

Overview of the redevelopment of Bicester town centre

Want to learn more? HUB on Visit the Redevelopment mmunity co the Crown Walk or call 4 8853 60 information line on 0845

a new look and make it more attractive to new retailers seeking to locate in Bicester. These works will not affect existing Crown Walk retailers, who will continue to trade as normal. Paul Tyler, Sainsbury’s Project Manager said: “The completion of the steel works is a major milestone and over the coming months town centre shoppers will be able to see first hand how the completed redevelopment will look. “The redevelopment is the largest investment ever made in Bicester town centre. Once complete in Summer 2013, it will transform the town centre with a host of new visitor attractions to enjoy. In the coming months, I would urge everyone to come and see for themselves the progress in making this landmark project a reality.” Norman Bolster, lead member for Estates and the Economy at Cherwell District Council, said:

visualise how the new development will look. It is a massive vote of confidence in Bicester town centre and I am looking forward to watching it take shape in the coming months." Should members of the public want to learn more about the redevelopment, they can visit our Redevelopment HUB on Crown Walk or call our community information line on 0845 604 8853.

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